Ace Film-Music Guitarist Ramesh Iyer Was A Fantastic Human Being

MCAI - 03 Sep 2019

Bollywood music fraternity is still reeling from the shock after hearing the sad news that  ace cine-musician guitarist-arranger Ramesh Iyer ‘passed away’ last night after a severe cardiac arrest. The 68-year old strings-maestro and guitar-guru  ( also a popular coach) Ramesh was mainly associated with playing innovatively for a  large number of R D Burman’s chartbuster songs in the original tracks, besides recordings of other eminent composers like Kalyanji-Anandi and Anand Milind  Senior celeb singer Amit Kumar who had just returned last night from an overseas Bangkok concert, rushed to the Iyer residence in the Mumbai western suburbs at Kandivli on hearing the tragic news.  In an emotional tribute Amit-da reacted, “ Besides being a proficient guitar-player, Ramesh was a brilliant arranger and since he loved my compositions he would adorn them with his sparkling ornamental arrangements. We worked together at live concerts and for four of my non-filmy albums including ‘MAD’ which was released by Pancham-Da (RDB) way back in December 1993. Even genius RDB used to shower appreciation on Ramesh for his innovative super-talents. Otherwise a qualified  engineer by profession, he glided into music very smoothly and was among the top-ranking guitarists of our country. Besides his musical caliber, Ramesh was a fantastic,clean-hearted, great human being and I have lost a  great friend,” lamented Amit Kumar.  Eminent Bollywood movie director ( and die-hard RDB fan) Farah Khan also offered her earnest condolences. The stream of mourners at the funeral included his students as well as top musicians Jayanti-bhai,  Sunil Kaushik, composer Lalit and impresario Bimal-bhai Parekh who was also close to him. For those curious to know,here are four iconic RDB songs ( out of hundreds of other tracks) where maestro Ramesh played the acoustic guitar ‘Pariyon Ka Mela’ ( Satte Pe Satta’) , Jahaan Teri Yeh Nazar ( Kaalia),  Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai’ ( Rocky) and Chehra Hai Ya Chaand ( Saagar).


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